A decline in strong vision is usually caused by a number of conditions such as anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also report visual abnormalities associated with age or eye strain. This can result in changes in your eyesight, which can make it uncomfortable or difficult to get through daily activities such as reading the newspaper or working on a computer for long periods. Common signs and symptoms of such vision problems include blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and struggling with close and far distances.
One of the most common signs of a vision problem can be blurred vision. If you suffer from blurred vision when you're looking at distant objects, you might be nearsighted, or myopic. Blurred vision that's present when you are looking at objects at close range may be a sign of farsightedness, or hyperopia. Blurred vision can also be a sign of astigmatism which occurs because of an abnormality in the shape of the cornea, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. Whatever the cause of blurry vision, it is essential that an eye care professional examine your eyes and prescribe a solution to help clarify your sight.
Another common indicator of a vision problem is the inability to distinguish between different colors or brightness of color. This generally means the patient has color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is usually not known to the patient until proven with a test. Color blindness is mostly something that affects males. If present in a female it might indicate ocular disease, in which case, an optometrist should be consulted. For people who can't see objects in minimal light, it could mean the patient suffers from night blindness.
An issue frequently seen in aging patients is cataracts, which have a number of warning signs which include: blurry sight that worsens in bright light, weak night vision, difficulty seeing small writing or objects, the need for brighter light when reading, improvement in near vision while distance vision worsens, inflammation around the eye, and a pale appearance to the normally dark pupil.
Pulsing eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, inflammation in the eye, colorful halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are also signs of glaucoma, a severe medical illness, which requires immediate medical attention.
When it comes to children, we recommend you look out for weak eye movement, or crossed eyes, which could indicate a vision problem called strabismus. Certain behavior in children, such as rubbing one or both eyes, squinting, or needing to shut one eye to see things better, often indicate strabismus.
Even though some conditions may be more problematic than others, any disruption to clear eyesight can be a burden, and impact your quality of life. A quick appointment with your Allied Vision Services optometrist can save you from unnecessary discomfort, or even more severe eye and vision problems.